Yoel Romero Pulled From Bellator 258 Fight With Anthony Johnson
Yoel Romero will not be competing against Anthony Johnson on May 7.
Romero was expected to collide with “Rumble” in a quarterfinal bout in the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix. The bout was going to serve as the co-main event for Bellator 258. That is no longer the case.
In a press release, Bellator announced that Romero has been pulled from the event after failing his pre-fight medicals. A replacement opponent for Johnson is being worked on.
Here is a statement from Bellator.
“Yoel Romero did not clear pre-fight medical testing and as a result, his BELLATOR MMA debut against Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson has been postponed. BELLATOR will confirm a tournament alternate to face ‘Rumble’ Johnson in the Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix as soon as possible.
“BELLATOR 258: Archuleta vs. Pettis will go on as scheduled on Friday, May 7, live on SHOWTIME at 9p ET/6p PT. The event features the BELLATOR bantamweight world championship main event between champion Juan Archuleta and Sergio Pettis, a welterweight bout pitting Michael ‘Venom’ Page against Derek Anderson, and a lightweight tilt between Patricky “Pitbull” and Peter Queally. Additional fights for the main card are to be announced.”
“Romero will become eligible to reapply for clearance to compete in the coming months, and we look forward to seeing him make his BELLATOR debut in the near future. BELLATOR MMA will look to reschedule the highly anticipated Johnson versus Romero matchup at a future date.”
FIGHT SPORTS will keep you updated on what’s next for Yoel Romero and who Anthony Johnson’s new opponent will be once those details become available.